The open hexagon laying scheme

In the world of interior design, the concept of form represents an essential expressive category. This is the case when interpreting architectural space and positioning the volumes of furnishings in it, and it is even more so when geometries break with the rigid right angles of Cartesian planes, using circles or shapes such as hexagons, very trendy these days in ceramic surface coverings.

The hexagon seems to square the circle: it is neither square nor circumference, but a little of one and a little of the other, representing the most efficient way of filling space without waste. It is technically called “tessellation of the plane”, and hexagonal tessellation appears frequently in nature: in honeycombs, snowflakes, rock formations, insects’ eyes, and many more ways.

Hexagonal tiles can be laid in a great variety of ways. Some depend on the texture and colours of the collection used: from random laying schemes to chessboards and repeated modules, graduated colours

Others are inspired simply by the hexagonal shape, which they also underline: open laying schemes, which do not end in a wall or a straight line created with a series of cuts, but with whole tiles, so that we can see their thickness. Let’s look at some examples.

Stepped laying schemes

The tiles are interrupted without cutting them, along lines which may reflect the architecture of the space or simply be determined arbitrarily. The classic example of this kind of open laying scheme is tiles on the wall at the head of the bed; here are some examples using the Exabright and Examatt collections.



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“Molecular” laying scheme

A laying scheme with a particularly decorative look. Destructured as it is, it may appear to be improvised, when in actual fact it must be carefully studied in the design phase. The hexagons can even be hooked onto one another in formations like those of the atoms in a molecule. The projects shown here make very creative use of the Exanuance, Hexalingotti and Esamarine collections.


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Multi-effect laying schemes

An open laying scheme does not simply mean interrupting the tiles to reveal the plaster or paint on the wall. Especially if the hexagon is laid on the floor, it may mean grafting on a completely different ceramic effect, such as wood, stone or concrete. With their pure traditional colours, the Examatt and Exanuance collections are perhaps, once again, the most appropriate for these laying schemes.


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